I am a retired registered nurse who worked for 40 years in acute care hospitals. I watched all those years as our health care system morphed into the heath insurance for profit system now in place, which is a disgrace and denies health care access to millions of people, and which often results in death and/or needless stress and suffering.
I wish people understood that the California single payer health care bill now being discussed by many is not complete because the Assembly refuses to do the work of completing it. It is their job and why they were elected. The financing mechanism is their responsibility to study, discuss, and amend to include the needed finance piece. It was intended to work that way. This bill was never moved through one Assembly committee. Upon arriving in the California Assembly, after a positive vote in the California Senate, it was immediately shelved with the intention of killing it … on purpose. Why? Easy answer… follow the money. Look at who those corporate Assembly members obstructing this bill have as big donors. It is the health insurance industry, the pharmaceutical industry, and the entities who benefit from the dysfunctional status quo. I suggest everyone who keeps blaming the bill become educated about this rotten group of self-serving legislators. Stop regurgitating the disingenuous words of those same legislators who are the obstructionists and the recipients of many campaign donation dollars from those who oppose a single payer system.
Kathryn Donahue, R.N., McKinleyville